First I want to give some thanks to a dear friend of mine, David Jankowski. He has helped me gather videos from youtube to help me motivate all of you. David and I both ran together for Oklahoma State. He his currently training for a race up in Manchester in 3 weeks. With that said, good luck to you David and all you other runners with races just around the corner.
Those moments before the gun goes, what goes through your mind?
A crowd of spectators and supporters are gathered around the starting line, cheering loudly hoping to give some last-minute motivation to their runners. However, I stand at that starting line waiting for the gun to go off. All I hear is complete silence. I can not hear the crowd, I have tuned them out. All I hear are my thought. “I am here, I have made it” Standing there staring off into the distance where I am about to run, my arms covered with goosebumps. I tell myself one last time. “I will do this, I will win”. The starter calls us all to our marks and the gun goes off within seconds.
The race has started. What is next? What do you do? What are your thoughts?
I have raced for 10 years and I have been through it all. I have fallen, I have been spiked, Lost focused, I have even been stung by a bee. Oh and I have been stupid.
But when the worst happened what did I do?
I DID NOT GIVE UP!!
You literally have half a second to pull yourself back together when something goes wrong. If you wait too long to regroup you can lose your shot. Every moment counts.
It is about giving that tiny bit of extra effort each step that will increase your chances of winning gold, or reaching your goal.
For those of you who know me, Billy Mills has always been my inspiration. While I was in high school preparing for my own State Championships, I watched the last 2 minutes of the 1964 Olympic race every single night before I went to sleep. What I love so much about Mill’s epic race was how he prepared for it. He knew he was going to win months before he even stepped onto the starting line. He had a goal of running a 28:25 for the 10000 meter run. When he crossed that finish line in first place he came through in 28:24. What was so astonishing about this race was that he had never run that fast before. It was 2 minutes faster than his fastest time. To watch a Billy Mills talk about his mental thinking prior to the Olympics click here. Mills wanted it bad enough! He did it!
You’ve got to want it bad enough.
How bad do you want it?
Chris Solinsky is another prime example of someone who wanted it bad enough. No one really expected him to break the American Record in the 10k. However, Solinsky wanted it bad enough. He did it!
Steve Jones, is a marathoner from the 80s. He competed against Alberto Salazar back in Salazar’s prime. The video is of Steve breaking the Marathon World record. He wanted it bad enough. He did it!
Lasse Viren is one of the top distance runners of all time. However during his olympic race he took a fall. He got up and continued running. Later on in the race he gets tripped, but does not fall down this time. Viren did not let the fall get to him. He picked himself back up and continued on towards his goal of winning. He wanted it bad enough. He did it!
Heather Dorniden was a collegiate runner from the University of Minnesota. During her indoor Big 10 Championships final in the 600 meter race, misfortune took place with 200 meters to go. However, she did not let the mishap affect her mentally. She wanted it bad enough. She did it!
It should never matter what happens out on the course or track. If you truly want to reach your goal, it is possible.
How bad do you want it?